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Our pals over at Buzzfeed did the obvious legwork that our Failed Political Press neglected:
Capitol Police Officers Said They Wouldn’t Be Surprised If Members Of Congress Helped Plan The Attack
After seeing one of their colleagues killed last Wednesday, Capitol Police officers are angry that Republican members of Congress refuse to submit to the security changes put in place since then, and say they wouldn’t even be surprised if some lawmakers helped organize the attack.
Officers told BuzzFeed News that members of Congress often see security as optional. Even after last week’s deadly attack, some Republican members refused to go through metal detectors, pushing their way past Capitol Police officers.
We should note here, for the record, that for the past 20 years we peasants have been going shoeless and having our junk fondled every time we fly anywhere, and in order to attend any sort of concert, one has to empty one’s pocket into the fries basket and subject ourselves to metal detectors and having backpacks and bags searched. This security theater, BTW, was brought to us by The Patriot Act. Do continue:
“Officers are fuming and there are mumbles of several walking off the job,” one officer with more than 10 years on the force told BuzzFeed News — just as Republicans took to the floor last night to rail against even basic security measures. At one point today, officers set up tables around the metal detectors in an effort to block Republicans from just walking by them.
(Not in the Buzzfeed article, but supporting evidence)
Rep. Mikie Sherrill has alleged that some of her Republican colleagues led “reconnaissance” tours of the building ahead of the attack, though did not provide evidence to back up that claim. Rep. Val Demings, former chief of the Orlando Police Department, told CNN, “If any members of Congress participated, helped to organize, orchestrate … they need to be held accountable.”
Here’s some evidence!
Back to Buzzfeed:
Two of the officers who spoke to BuzzFeed News said it wouldn’t surprise them if lawmakers had been involved. “There are definitely some members who need to be held to account once an investigation shows the totality of circumstances,” one said.
Now imagine if each and every day you had to wonder if the people you were charged with protecting had been conspiring to have you killed? The article goes in depth with interviews from the Capitol Police, and it is a fascinating read. Of course, the police are speaking on background because they don’t trust their management. It’s quite an indictment, and worth the time to read.
And as far as professional courtesy goes, not so much:
As of today, at least 26 sworn members of U.S. law enforcement agencies from at least 11 states have been identified by law enforcement agencies and local reporting as attendees of the Jan. 6 rally in support of President Trump that sparked a riot at the U.S. Capitol. [Update, 5:20 p.m., Eastern time: Two more law enforcement officers have been reported as having attended the Jan. 6 rally, bringing the total to 28 officers from 12 states.] Beyond that tally, several former law enforcement agents attended the rally, and still more current law enforcement officials are under investigation for making statements in support of the rally.
Here’s the postscript: